On his new record First Elephant, songwriter, composer, and vocalist Grant Swift laces together threads of softly psychedelic folk-rock, hook-drenched power pop, and rollicking jangle boogie. Anchored by Swift’s deft and intentional arrangements, the songs are elevated by his fluttering, delicate, and truly striking voice. Under The Radar Magazine writes, “Swift displays a deft hold on potent pop melody.”1 First Elephant’s singles were adds on College and Community radio stations nationwide and NACC charts in several markets. The single “Sunshine” was a favorite of Baltimore’s public radio station, WTMD 89.7 FM, and was spun over 100 times.2 Grant’s self-produced music video made fans over at V13.3

Swift is a New York City boy and the son of a preacher. Born in Manhattan, formed in the tri-state, and educated in the Bronx, he currently hails from Brooklyn. By deploying his eclectic training in Baroque and Classical music and drawing deftly from the palette of the R&B, Psychedelic Rock, Jazz, and Pop he played growing up, Swift crafts music that “brilliantly recreates a modern mashup sound” (Impose).4

While studying at Fordham University, Swift served as the Music Director of ICCA Semi-Finalists, The Fordham Ramblers (Fordham University’s original all-male acapella group). As he earned a full double major BA in Music Composition and Philosophy, Swift’s characteristically intricate vocal arrangements led the group to their first Quarterfinal placement. His award-winning performances as a singer, guitarist, and one-man band have earned him acclaim throughout the United States,5 and HuffPost called his previous musical project The Candy Apples6 one of “5 Must-See Indie Summer Concerts in NYC”.7

Swift is one half of the acoustic duo Mac/Glidden,8 and with longtime songwriting partner Andy McCarthy, wrote, performed and engineered Mac/Glidden’s debut psychedelic-folk-rock album, Fall Into The Dark, (2017.) Their music video for the song “Mountains,”9  directed and animated by lauded sculptor / filmmaker Laurie Berenhaus, was an official selection at Sidewalk Film Festival, Indie Memphis Fest, and Leeds International Film Festival, among others.

That year they had the great honor of being invited by the late, prodigious, two-time Emmy Award winning Music Director for Saturday Night Live, Katreese Barnes10  to perform in her home for her live stream concert series, Welcome 2 My House. Barnes wrote orchestral arrangements of Mac/Glidden songs for the concert and provided a full backing band.11, 12  Barnes said, “Mac/Glidden are keepers of the classic Music flame. It was a pleasure to work with them.”

Performing in State College, PA, 2021
Performing in Brooklyn, 2022, © Robert Abrams
Performing in Brooklyn 2, 2022, © Robert Abrams
Portrait, 2018
Portrait 2, 2018

1.↩    Under The Radar Magazine (2021). Premiere: Grant Swift Shares Debut Album First Elephant

2.↩    WTMD 89.7 FM (2021). Top 89 Songs of 2021

3.↩    V13 (2021). Grant Swift’s Latest Music Video is Overflowing with “Sunshine” [Premiere]

4.↩    Impose Magazine (2018). Mac/Glidden with the track “Politician”

5.↩    Reviews of Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice and GigSalad Top Performer Award Winning One-Man Band

6.↩    VIDEO – The Candy Apples, Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Acoustic Recording

7.↩    Huffington Post (2014). 5 Must-See Indie Summer Concerts in NYC

8.↩    AUDIO – Mac/Glidden’s Music Page

9.↩    VIDEO – Mountains (Official Music Video), by Mac/Glidden

10.↩    The Independent (2019). Katreese Barnes: Saturday Night Live musical director known for flair and versatility

11.↩    VIDEO – Mac/Glidden Sing “Traveler” on Welcome 2 My House

12.↩    VIDEO – Mac/Glidden Sing “The Morning Light” on Welcome 2 My House